Advisor Update November 2016

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains both the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

2017 State Conference Program Cover Contest

We are redesigning the State Conference program this year and therefore, this contest is no longer available.

2016-2017 Membership Dues

The 2016-2017 membership dues are:

Student: $14.00 = $8.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

Professional: $26.00 = $20.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

2016-2017 Membership Registration Deadlines

November 15, 2016 is the deadline for your initial membership registration to be submitted to the National Office to be able to receive all four issues of Champions Magazine and free teacher items. All rosters are to be submitted online at Schools are encouraged join by November 15, 2016 in order to ensure full membership services for the year, including all mailings and magazines.

January 15, 2017 is the deadline for your final membership registration to be submitted to the National Office. All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15, 2017 in order to participate in regional, state and national competitions and/or conferences. If you have any questions/concerns about this deadline, please contact me!

All membership registrations must be submitted online at Paper rosters are discouraged. Please make sure that all membership checks are sent directly to the National Office. When registering, be sure to also register your section under the specific program name, not just Mixed Training. This information is very helpful to the national office in determining what programs are at what schools.

2017 Membership Incentives - SkillsUSA Michigan is encouraging each chapter to increase their membership this year. Each chapter that submits their membership by the due date listed below will qualify for the following incentive(s). Membership MUST be submitted online at by the due dates in order to meet the requirements.

Membership Increase by January 15, 2017

  • For every five member increase over last year’s membership, the chapter will receive one entry into the drawing for a SkillsUSA blazer, a $125 value.
  • Both student and professional members are included in the chapter’s total membership.
  • Drawing will be held at the State Leadership and Skills Conference in April.
  • Chapters that qualified for the November 1, 2016 incentive will also be eligible.

Leadership Contest Team Members Changes

Starting this year, the number of members on the following Leadership team contests have changed:

  • American Spirit – Is now a Team of 3
  • Chapter Display – Is now a Team of 3

  • Outstanding Chapter - Is now a Team of 3

  • Promotional Bulletin Board – Is now a Team of 3

Envision Tomorrow Today Newsletters Sent

The Fall 2017 issue of the Envision Tomorrow Today newsletter was sent to all Lead Advisors last month. Your school received a copy for each SkillsUSA Michigan member in 2015-2016. Please be sure to distribute them to your students. The newsletter is also posted on our web site at

State Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the State Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Service Award. Honorees are determined by the SkillsUSA Michigan Executive Council at their January meeting and the awards are presented at the State Conference in April. A description of each award is below:

  • Honorary Life Membership - Nominees are individuals from Michigan that have been involved at the state level for a length of time. They can also be involved a the regional and/or national level. This award has been presented in the past to retired advisors or another deserving person.

  • Outstanding Service Award - Nominees are individuals or companies from Michigan that have been instrumental at the state level. This award has been presented in the past to a business representative, company or another deserving party.

Nominations are due December 15, 2016 and can be made only via our online Membership Award Nomination form at

SkillsUSA Night with the Detroit Pistons

SkillsUSA Michigan members will have a one of a kind opportunity to meet professionals who work behind the scenes for the Detroit Pistons on December 6, 2016. Guest speakers will cover many aspects of the industry including marketing, sales, communications, public relations, internships and more. At the end of the day members will be guests of the Palace as they watch the Detroit Pistons. Register early to ensure that your chapter members won’t miss out on this awesome opportunity. The registration form is available at and is due November 17, 2016.

2017 State National Anthem Contest

A SkillsUSA Michigan member will be selected to sing the National Anthem acapella at the Friday Opening General Session on April 7, 2017 at the State Conference. Interested members must submit an audition CD or flash drive of them singing the National Anthem in order to be considered. Student must be a current member of SkillsUSA Michigan and must pay the State Conference registration fee. All audition CDs or flash drive must be sent via US mail to the State Office and received no later than January 13, 2017. More information is available on our web site at

Community Service Projects

Have your chapter’s Community Service Project highlighted in the SkillsUSA Michigan newsletter and on the SkillsUSA Michigan web site! Send a short summary of your project and any photo(s) to Your Community Service Project will be added to the next newsletter and posted on our web site and Facebook page for all to see!

SkillsUSA Flash

Calling All Members! Register by Nov. 15 to Receive Membership Incentives

As a special membership incentive, if advisors register at least 15 student members in their training program plus one or more professional members by Nov. 15, they will receive a SkillsUSA Framework podium banner. And, professionals registering by Nov. 15 will receive a professional membership card before the holidays. Professional membership cards are printed only two times a year. Make sure to get yours first! Otherwise, the second run of professional membership cards will be shipped in the spring.

Professional membership that is submitted at any time during the school year grants advisors to the following: 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards (new benefit), Jump into STEM! curriculum and Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC). As a free member benefit, professional members receive these items when they have submitted a current and accurate email address along with their membership details. For more details on these incentives, see the membership kits or visit the SkillsUSA website:

Are You Leading or Advising Your Chapter? Organize for Success

As we continue to dive into the keys to a successful chapter, one of the hallmarks is how well it is managed. Teachers should consider the SkillsUSA chapter as the training ground for students to learn personal, workplace and technical skills. A chapter only exists to provide rich experiences that prepare students for career success. To make that a reality, students must be the ones organizing and leading the chapter at the advisement of their teacher, known as the advisor.

Organizing your chapter management structure is one of the most important steps you can take. Follow the points below to ensure success for yourself and your students:

Conduct well-planned, regularly scheduled chapter meetings. Consider all options when scheduling chapter meetings. It is essential to hold meetings on a regular basis and to inform students when meetings are scheduled. The meeting times and locations can take a variety of forms to meet the needs of your student body. Because of the integral nature of SkillsUSA to CTE programs, many chapters will hold their meetings during the school day within each class period to give everyone an opportunity to be involved. With the structure of the school day shifting, though, many advisors have become creative in when and how they hold chapter meetings:

  • Mirror the chapter meeting by holding it once in the morning and again in the afternoon so all students can be involved in at least one of the meetings.
  • Assemble the chapter members for a large group meeting in the cafeteria, commons area or gym, and then schedule committee meetings for working on projects as smaller teams.
  • Conduct chapter meetings either before school or after school on a regular basis.
  • Conduct evening meetings.
  • Gather the group for a virtual meeting using a webinar or similar setting.

Meetings are where the work of the chapter is accomplished and decisions are made by the members. The Sample Meeting Agenda will help you to understand the flow of the meeting, and the Membership Interest Survey serves as a great tool to determine the interest areas of members.

Develop a Chapter Program of Work Calendar for the year. Each chapter is encouraged to complete at least one activity from each of the seven areas of the SkillsUSA Program of Work. This ensures each student participates and gets the most out of SkillsUSA membership. A balanced program of work is essential for a chapter to function effectively. For example, if a chapter devotes too much time to social activities and not enough to fundraising, it might run short on funds. A successful program of work assists a SkillsUSA chapter in succeeding through:

  • Selecting activities that are meaningful to the students
  • Establishing a chapter calendar to be used as a plan of action for the year
  • Evaluating chapter progress to ensure continued success and improvement

Use the following seven major goals outlined in the SkillsUSA Program of Work and these sample events as a guide for identifying and selecting a balanced calendar of activities for your chapter:

  1. Professional Development — attend a local government meeting, invite local professionals to speak to the chapter
  2. Community Service — conduct a coat drive, collect canned goods for a shelter
  3. Employment — host a career fair, hold a résumé writing workshop
  4. Ways and Means — host a fundraiser that uses student technical skills
  5. SkillsUSA Championships — participate in a local, regional, state and/or national championships
  6. Public Relations — submit articles and photographs to local media, present to the local board of education or civic club
  7. Social Activities — sponsor a picnic or pizza party, host a teacher appreciation luncheon

After you have selected the right activities for your group, you can begin compiling a chapter calendar to serve as a plan of action. As students begin planning, encourage them to make certain the calendar includes at least one activity from each of the seven keys for the SkillsUSA Program of Work.

Act Now: National Career and Technical Scholarship Program

High-school graduates who are currently or soon pursuing postsecondary CTE studies may be eligible for up to $2,500 through a new career and technical education scholarship program. By completing a simple 45-minute application, they will be considered for one of 510 scholarships being awarded in 2016.

Applications for the Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship Program are being reviewed now, with all awards being finalized by this December. Act now to take advantage of support for your CTE pursuit. The educational program must result in a certification, credential or degree. For more information or to apply, visit:

If you have any questions or would like more information about the scholarships or the Horatio Alger Association, email Kristen Law at or call 703-684-9444.

Welcome to the New SkillsUSA Store

What’s new at the SkillsUSA Store? Everything! A revamped online store, launched this fall, is now mobile-device friendly. A variety of new and exciting features will enhance your shopping experience: a home page with multiple rotating banners, multi-view angles of products and enhanced payment functionality with eCheck. These features will make shopping online for all things SkillsUSA a breeze.

Be sure to share this with your members so they can spread the word through the store’s Facebook and Twitter applications by liking or tweeting out their favorite products, There are a lot of new and fun products for everyone this year, so don’t miss out. Be sure to visit the SkillsUSA Store — — or everything you need to “Live. Play. SkillsUSA”!

Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge IV: Now Open for Submissions

Cradle to Cradle and our friends at the Alcoa Foundation and Autodesk want you to envision innovative products that can remain in perpetual cycles of use and reuse. Enter the challenge to win $2,000!

The Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge engages designers and students to help design a sustainable future by applying Cradle to Cradle principles to envision innovative products that can remain in perpetual cycles of use and reuse.

To participate, go to: Entries must be received by Dec. 1.

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 7th 2017 at 12pm to Sunday, April 9th 2017 at 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 19th 2017 at 9am to Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 9am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY